like a house afire

like a house afire

Very quickly or rapidly and with great force or intensity. Out of nowhere, this crazed bull started charging at us like a house afire! John hit the acceleration and started careening down the road like a house afire. I can't wait for you to meet Mark. I just know the two of you will get on like a house afire!
See also: afire, house, like

like a house afire

see under get along, def. 1.
See also: afire, house, like
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If you hate public restrooms, touching elevator buttons or doorknobs, and go through Purell like a house afire, then GERM FREAK'S GUIDE TO OUTWITTING COLDS AND FLU: GUERILLA TACTICS TO KEEP YOURSELF HEALTHY AT HOME, AT WORK AND IN THE WORLD defines you.
He acknowledged that Bob Dole was favored to win in South Carolina, but said that if he were able to pull off an upset, "we'll go through the South like a house afire.
Pat Buchanan: Acknowledged that he might not win South Carolina today, but said if he does, "we'll go through the South like a house afire.